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Tuesday, 30th December, 2003
It may be cold outside and we've even had a few flakes of snow, but the frogs in Ann Batten's Wellingborough garden just don't realise it's Winter. With this entry, Ann concludes her weekly wildlife diary.


Diary archive - 2002

Diary archive - 2003

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Monday, 29th December, 2003

A frog in Ann's garden
A frog - don't they know it's Christmas?

Well, I've seen it all now!

We have Christmas lights outside up the top of the garden. I was on the phone to a friend on Boxing Day evening, when waddling by the window and plop! Into the pond went a frog.

This is Winter, frogs are NOT around - that is, according to the books. It just goes to prove that frogs cannot read. If they could, they would know that they are meant to be hibernating. Nature, who really knows what goes on?


I'm 99% sure we have a female blackcap around. Caught fleeting glances of her. Of course, as soon as you pick up the binoculars, she disappears.

Last year we had a male bird visiting - so much easier to identify. He has a pronounced black cap, hence the name. Very exciting, will be on the look out now. Typical that she appears when I am back at work!

Have had four days to be here in the daylight, but that's how it goes. Nothing behaves exactly like you read in the books, nothing looks exactly how it appears in the photographs in the books. you have to just enjoy things as they visit. I know I do.


Ann Batten in her garden
Wildlife enthusiast: Ann in her garden

Entice things into your gardens by putting out food, then the pleasure you get out of watching will be so very rewarding.

Remember though, that you do sometimes have to look quite deeply to see what is really there.

Take a jug full of water out of a pond in the summer - it's mind blowing, especially if you have a magnifying glass. Far more scary than the best Sci Fi movie.



This is Ann's last regular wildlife diary entry, but we she will be involved in new exciting projects on the BBC Northamptonshire website in 2004. We'd like to thank Ann for her enthusiasm over the last 16 months and for her fascinating weekly diaries charting the ever-changing wildlife in the county. Remember, you can still read all her articles using the links below.

Wildlife Diary archive 2002

Wildlife Diary archive 2003

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